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14 August 2003

Removing ticks

Here's what to do if you find a tick on your child.

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If you find a tick on your child:
  • Use tweezers to firmly grasp the tick at its head or mouth, as close to the skin as possible.
  • Pull firmly and steadily on the tick until it lets go of the skin.
  • Swab the bite with alcohol or antiseptic.
  • Do not use petroleum jelly or a lit match to try to remove a tick.

Once the tick is off kill it by stamping on it firmly, making sure that it is actually squashed. If you are home you can flush it down the toilet.

 
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